Free Quilt Patterns for a Sample Quilt, Templates and Quilting Ideas


Use our free quilt patterns of classic templates for a sampler quilt and quilting projects.  Once you have learned how to quilt, quilting skills and techniques it is easy to apply this knowledge to other projects. Make heirloom quilts, pillows, cot covers, and tablemats with our easy quilt patterns.

The art of quilting is very easy, once you get to know the basics, and not only is it an addictive hobby, but it is also another way in which you can make money from home using your talents. Quilting is also very sociable as there are lots of quilting groups spread out across the world who meet regularly to just sit and quilt, catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip, and talk about exhibitions or material shops that they have found that would be useful for their next quilting project.

So join the thousands of quilters across the globe and find free quilt patterns for quilts and quilting here. There are so many, that you are bound to find something that will take your fancy.

Free Quilt Pattern - Katy's Favorite

katys favorite free quilting patternsThe first of the free quilt patterns we have is called Katy's Favorite. This free pattern is very similar to Blue Birds Flying, Fancy Flowers, Flying Duck Paddle and Fanny's Fan. The block is comprised of squares, triangles, and diamonds.

To make this block, you will need to cut the pattern pieces as directed on each piece.

You will also need two 2.5 x 16.5 and two 2.5 x 20.5 inch border strips of light fabric, a 20.5 inch square of batting, and a 21 inch square of backing material.

When cutting the diamond pattern pieces, turn the pattern over for half of the diamonds of both the light and dark fabric. Be sure to add 1/4 inch seam allowance on all pieces.

Katy's Favorite Quilting Pattern

katys favorite piecing diagram for quiltingPiecing: Follow piecing diagram along with instructions for our free quilt patterns.

Sew two light print diamonds together. Add dark print fabric diamond along outer edge of light diamonds.  Place large triangle and diamonds right sides together as shown left.

Points of the triangle will overhang. When sewn and turned into place, side will be even.

Add the large square between the light diamonds. Match corner seams of square with corner formed by diamonds. Pin corner in place. Then pin one end and sew to center. Remove the pins of sewn section and pin other end. Continue sewing seam. Add small triangles in same manner. Repeat the process for the other three corners.

Sew a muslin square to each light print square. Join two of these pieces with dark center square to form strip for middle. Sew muslin, light print rectangle between two corner squares. Repeat for other half. Sew the middle between top and bottom. Add light border strips to complete block.

Assembling: Place muslin backing on frame and pin corners tightly. Add batting and pierced top. Pin through all 3 layers at corners, middle of opposite ends, and then the other 2 sides.  Continue to pin all the way around, pulling the back slightly to keep muslin taut.

Quilting: Follow quilting diagram above for our free quilt patterns. Quilt "in the ditch" (seam) of the light print squares and between  the light and dark diamonds. There is cross-hatching on the center muslin squares and sports equipment in the corners. Choose designs for these spots that are meaningful for the person you are making it for. Floral designs always look good.

Free Quilt Patterns: Tulip Wheel

tulip free quilt template Our second in the free quilt patterns series is the popular Tulip Wheel. Many quilt patterns are inspired by flowers, and several use tulips. This is one of them. Each tulip of the tulip wheel is pieced together and then appliqued on a 16.5 inch muslin square.

To make this block for a Sampler Quilt, you will need pattern pieces given, two 2.5 x 16.5  and two 2.5 x 20.5 inch border strips of light fabric, a 20.5 inch square of batting and a 21 inch square of backing. The block is quilted on an adjustable lap frame.

Piecing: Cut pattern pieces as directed on individual pattern pieces. For sides of tulip, be sure to fold material and cut two pieces together so you will have both sides of each tulip.

You can do this by cutting 4 pieces as the pattern is given and flipping the pattern over for the other 4 sides. Sew tulip sides to middle flower section.

Add top of stem piece along bottom of flower, then, add stem. If curves are difficult to fit, ease in the best you can. Repeat with the other 3 tulips.

Appliqueing: Turn 1/4 inch seam and baste along all sides of tulips and press. Baste and press dark fabric center square; pin in center of muslin square. If center is set at an angle, stems will fit under sides of square. If square is straight, set stems under corners. Tulips should point towards outside corners of block. Pin and applique in place. Add 2.5 x 16.5 inch borders on opposite sides; then, add 2.5 x 20.5 inch borders.

Assembling: Place muslin on frame and pin corners tightly. Add batting and appliqued top. Pin through all 3 layers at corners, middle of opposite sides, then the other two sides. Continue to pin all the way around, pulling the back slightly to keep the muslin taut.

tulip wheel free quilt patternQuilting: Quilt 1/4 inch inside seams of center square, 1/4 inch outside each tulip and in the seam of dark parts of the flower. See diagram.

As with the previous blocks, this one can be used as a wall hanging, or a pillow. Following the directions will give you a square pillow; however, the shape of the Tulip Wheel suggests adapting it to a round pillow.

A quilt using only this pattern would be pretty with different fabrics for the tulips. To unify the quilt, keep the borders the same color, and also the center square.

If you are looking for some quilting instructions for beginners, then look no further. We hope you find the information useful.

Free Quilt Patterns: Clay's Choice Quilt Square

clays choice free quilt patterns The next of our free quilt patterns is named after Henry Clay, an American Statesman from Kentucky. He ran for presidency three times, and is remembered for the quote, "I'd rather be right than be president."

To make this block for a Sampler Quilt, you will need the pattern pieces given plus four, 4 inch muslin squares and four, 4 inch light print squares.  Be sure to add 1/4 inch seam allowances on all pieces. Two 2.5 x 16.5 inch and two 2.5 x 20.5 inch border strips of light fabric, a 20.5 inch square of batting and a 21 inch square of backing are required to complete the block which is quilted on a lap frame.

Piecing: Join each muslin square with a light print square, forming a rectangle. An equal size rectangle will be formed by sewing a light print triangle on one side of the parallelogram and a muslin triangle on the other.

Sew one of each rectangle together to form a square. Repeat the procedure for the 4 squares. Join 2 squares together to make 1/2 block. Sew 2 halves together. Add the border strips along each side.

With a pencil, lightly trace the quilting pattern onto the muslin pieces. The quilting pattern may be your orginal idea, or designs are available in needlework stores.

Assembling: Place muslin on frame and pin corners tightly. Add batting and pieced top. Pin through all 3 layers at the corners, the middle of opposite sides, then the other two sides. Continue to pin all the way around, pulling the back slightly to keep the muslin taut.

Quilting: See diagram from our free quilt patterns above.

Without the borders, a quilt made entirely of this block is very attractive. The block may also be used as a pillow or wall hanging, sampler quilt or even tablemats.

Free Quilt Patterns: Nine Patch Quilt Square

nine-patch free quilting patterns Nine Patch is another block that can be used for Sampler Quilts in our free quilt patterns page. The pattern is an old one, sometimes called Double Nine Patch, and consists of 9 squares. 5 squares are made of 9 smaller squares, and alternate with plain muslin squares.

You will need 24 small squares; 2-5/16 inches including 1/4 inch seam allowance of dark fabric, 20 small squares; 2-5/16 inches including 1/4 inch seam allowance of light fabric, and 4 large squares (6 inches including 1/4 inch seam allowance) of muslin to make the Nine Patch Quilt Square. Two 16-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch and two 20 1/2 x 2-1/2 inch border strips of light fabric, a 20 1/2 inch square of batting and a 21 inch square of backing are also needed to compelte the block which is quilted  on a lap frame.

Piecing: Using the small squares, form a nine patch with the 5 dark fabric squares in each corner and the center. After making 5 nine patch squares, add the large muslin squares to form strips of 3 squares. Join the 3 squares together to form the large block.

Sew 16-1/2 inch border strips in place, and then the 20-1/2 inch strips to complete the piecing of this block.

With a pencil, lightly trace the quilting pattern you prefer onto the muslin squares. These squares can be personlized wtih your own original designs.

Assembling: Place muslin on frame and pin the corners tightly. Add batting and the pieced top. Pin at the corners through all 3 layers. Next pin the middle of the opposite sides, then the other two sides. Continue to pin all the way round, pulling the backing slightly to keep the muslin taut.

Quilting: Quilt in the seam line of all the small squares and the larger squares. The quilt the designs on the muslin squares. Quilt along edge of border strip, 1/4 inch from seam.

Without the border strips, a quilt made entirely of this block looks very nice indeed, and can also be used singularly as cushion covers or tablemats.

Free Quilt Patterns - Churn Dash

churn dash free quilt patternsIn this series of free quilt patterns, the churn dash, other than the star patterns, is one of my favorite. The Churn Dash quilting pattern is also known as the Monkey Wrench, Hole in the Barn Door, Shoo Fly and many other names.  There are several variations which enlarge the triangles, or eliminate the rectangles are also called by the same names.

This pattern, for me, looks better with a dark center, and border, and a lighter fabric on the inside. However, there are other possiblities, which we will give you now.

You will need 2.5 x 16.5 inch and two 2.5 x 20.5 inch strips plus one square of muslin square for the backing and a 20.5 inch square of batting for a finished 20 inch block. In the full size, Churn Dash quilt, the same pieces were used; however, a dark fabric was used for the other rectangles and triangles used to form the pattern.

churn dash quilting piecing diagramPiecing: After carefully cutting the pieces, allowing a 1/4 inch seam allowance, piece a muslin triangle and a dark fabric triangle together to form a square. Repeat with all the triangles.

This will form the four corner squares. Sew a dark rectangle to a muslin rectangle to form a square and repeat with all the rectangles.

You will now have 8 pieced squares plus the muslin square. Sew 3 squares together to form a strip. See diagram for placement. Sew the strips together to form a block. Seams should be pressed toward the dark fabric. Add light stripping along all sides.

Assembling: Pin muslin backing in corners to the adjustable hand held quilting frame. Add batting and top. Pin through all 3 layers in the middle of each side. Continue pinning along all sides, pulling backing slightly as you work to keep it taut.

Quilting: The center musling square may be quilted with cross hatching,  or with any variety of patterns. Quilt 1/4 inch from the seam on all the muslin pieces to avoid extra bulk of the seam allowance.

Finishing: The block can be made into a pillow or a block of a sampler quilt.

churn dash quilting templates

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